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The Fifties:  Go! Go!

The Chicago White Sox played baseball like no other team in the 1950's.  While other teams emulated the power game used by the champion Yankees, the Sox relied upon solid pitching, good defense, and aggressiveness on the basepaths.  Along with the '54 Indians, the 1959 Go-Go White Sox were the only team to beat the Yankees for the pennant the entire decade -- the franchise's first in 40 years!


Comiskey Park as it looked in 1959.  The sign above the center field scoreboard reads, "Chesterfield!  It's a hit!"

Before Luis Aparicio, The Sox keystone combo was Nellie Fox and Chico Carrasquel.

Joe Dobson catches, while Gus Zernial
gives "pointers" to Marilyn Monroe. 
Eat your heart out, Joe DiMaggio!

Early Wynn pitches Game One of the '59 World Series at Comiskey Park.  Since 1917, here's as close as the city has come to winning a world championship, an 11-0 thrashing of the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Gold glove winners for the Go-Go Sox:  Minnie Minoso, Jim Landis, Luis Aparicio, and Nellie Fox.

"Sport shirt" Bill Veeck bought controlling interest of the Sox in 1959 from Dorothy Comiskey, granddaughter of the Old Roman.  The Sox won their first pennant in 40 years, though most of the credit for building the team rightly goes to Chuck Comiskey, Dorothy's brother, and GM Frank Lane.


Game One of the 1959 World Series.
Sherm Lollar sacrifices Jim Landis home, Ted Kluszewski retreats to first base.

Note the center field scoreboard, which replaced the ones that used to be on
the left and right field walls.  To this scoreboard Bill Veeck would add line up toteboards
(on the right), a Soxogram message board (on the left), advertising space and clock (above)
and the famous rocket launchers at the top.
The Monster scoreboard was literally built around this existing scoreboard.



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